Microsoft Word: Write, Edit & Share Docs on the Go
Microsoft Word Review: Powerful Text Processing On The Go
Microsoft Word is an app for Android phones and tablets that brings the familiar text editor to the world’s most popular mobile platform. You can use it with or without the paid Office 365 subscription as long as your mobile device supports the app and has a screen size of 10.1 inches or less.
Obviously, the interface had to be simplified as compared to the desktop version most users are going to be familiar with. As a result, it is easy and convenient to use even on mobile devices with limited screen real estate. That being said, using Microsoft Word on a phone is definitely going to feel like a bit of a challenge if you need to edit a document. The same is true for Chromebook users, as the Chromebook app has a different interface that’s not very convenient. Just viewing the documents works well on any device though.
Key Features 7/10
The mobile app can be used with a free Microsoft account if your device’s screen is small enough, but the range of editing options is going to be quite limited. The paid Office 365 subscription does unlock numerous editing features, but you probably don’t want to invest in it if you’re only using the app occasionally.
If you’re using the free version, you can view text documents as well as PDFs, and even convert between the two formats on the go. You also have access to all Microsoft Word templates, so you can start working on your CV or proposal whenever you are. The documents created in the mobile app are fully compatible with the desktop version, so you don’t have to worry about the formatting getting messed up between the different apps.
Microsoft Word for Android now no longer supports KitKat and Lollipop devices, which might be an issue for users in developing countries who still have to rely on older phones and tablets. If you are using a modern device, you will most likely find the user experience satisfying despite the minor glitches and bugs that seem to plague the recent app releases. Also, make sure not to accidentally activate the paid subscription as it can’t be canceled while it’s active and you might have trouble getting your money back.
The Bottom Line
The mobile Microsoft Word app is a decent competitor for Google Docs, an online text editor that is now also available as an app. There are things that it does better, but it also has some shortcomings that are not present in Google Docs. If you’re using an Android tablet with a screen larger than 10.1 inches, you might actually prefer the free Google Docs app that doesn’t require any subscriptions. However, if you need more advanced editing options, there is no getting around the Microsoft Office mobile app.
- Advanced editing options if you have the Office 365 subscription
- Great for just viewing documents
- Fully compatible with the desktop version
- No support for older devices
- Paid subscription required for larger tablets
- The Chromebook version has a lot of room for improvement